10 Tips for Effective Networking Even When Sleepy and Tired

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Studies have shown that we are not at our best in social interactions when sleepy. We are too tired to care, talk, or connect. How can we form lasting bonds and grow our network even when tired? The following are a few helpful tips.  Use them when attending a high profile event after a long and tiring day.
  1. Smile often and try to be happy. Studies have shown decreased subjective rating of happiness by sleep-deprived people. Make a conscious effort to neutralize it.
  2. Learn the big art of small talkExpress genuine interest in others’ lives and interests. 
  3. Relax and enjoy. If you are relaxed, you will appear relaxed.
  4. Look in the eyes when talking. When sleep deprived, we are unable to accurately recognize emotions. Paying attention and looking in the eyes help counteract this deleterious effect. 
  5. Talk slow, think fast. When sleep deprived, our speech tends to be difficult to comprehend especially in a noisy venue.
  6. Be humble and polite. Tiredness may bring a tone of arrogance in our voice. 
  7. Pause before speaking. Studies have shown that when sleep deprived, we tend to be reactive. A pregnant pause before making an important statement can help. 
  8. Avoid awkward situations. Identify in advance what makes you uncomfortable, and then design a strategy to address it. 
  9. Be perceptive. Poor sleep impairs our situational awareness. Make a conscious effort to neutralize that deficit.
  10. Be fearless. Sleep deprivation puts our Amygdala, the fear center, in an overactive mode. This may make you diffident. Overcome it, mingle freely, and have a blast.

 Remember, even when tired, we can form lasting bonds and even better yet, enjoy the function. Best wishes. Go out and have fun.



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